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    Summer of Goliath wins in Venice

    Summer of Goliath, one of three FiGa films in Toronto FF won best picture in Venice's Orizzonti section. A Canadian/ Mexican/ Netherlands co-production, it is the first Mexican film to ever win in Venice. Hubert Bals Funding brought in the Dutch side of the production. There will be lots to celeb...

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    Women ♀ Directors Roundtable at LALIFF

    Top Left to Right: Consuelo Alba, Yvette Ederly, Sydney Levine, Isabel Cueva, Fina TorresFront Left: Sarah Vaill, Right: Carmen Marron.(Photo by Veronica Zarate)

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    Women to Blog About: Fina Torres

    Fina Torres (Josefina Torres Benedetti) was born in Caracas, Venezuela. Her film Habana Eva, a Cuban Venezualan co-production, shows tonight at LALIFF. Fina studied design, photography and journalism in Venezuela and earned her bachelors degree in cinematography at the Institute de Hautes Etudes Cinematographiques in Paris. After graduating, she worked as a film editor, camera operator, and script supervisor and also made short films and documentaries. Her debut feature Oriana (which she directed, wrote, and produced) won the Cannes Festival Camera d’Or and international acclaim. In 2001, she directed the romantic comedy Woman on Top starri...

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    Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival

    LALIFF kicked off its 5 day festival last night with a great audience pleaser, Venezuelan film by first time director (and writer), Marcel Rasquin, HERMANO, audience and jury prize winner from Moscow FF and rumored to be headed toward Telluride. The international sales agent EuropaCorp (whose Luc Besson was president of the Moscow jury when the film won Moscow International Film Festival's top prize, the Golden George), was uncertain that it wanted the film to show in this festival where it had been promised before EuropaCorp was in the picture. But the filmmaker must have prevailed and a packed house at Mann's Grauman Chinese was lucky to ...

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    La Soga and its Distributors and International Sales Agent

    Last year in Toronto the Dominican film La Soga caused some buzz. It now has chosen its release patterns with MJ Pekos of Mitropoulos Films ♀and Steven Raphael of Required Viewing consulting on all marketing and distribution elements in its North American release which will be done, along with inte...

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    New York Film Festival's Female Factor ♀

    Once again, Women and Hollywood has tabulated The Female Factor. Same as usual, a paltry 7.4% which means two women with films of their own. If you count 2 women directors out of 10 in Revolucion 20%), it makes 11%. Notably Julie Taymor’s The Tempest ♀ is the centerpiece of the festival (yeah!). ...

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    Chicken and Egg Announces Grants for Women's Docs

    Melissa Silverstein posted this on her blog,Women And Hollywood on August 3, 2010.

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    When are Films Political? (Part 6): Jafar Panahi's Short Film in Venice

    By guest blogger, Peter Belsito

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    Toronto Docs

    Women And Hollywood is becoming the watchdog for women fimmakers' representation in festivals. This time they are commenting on Toronto IFF's choice of docs. Women have 9 films directed by women out of 25. That’s 36%! A record thus far. I quote them here verbatim.

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    When are Films Political? (Part 4): Enemies of the People

    Enemies of the People: World Theatrical Premiere will take place in Phnom Penh on July 21! Directors/ Producers Thet Sambath and Rob Lemkin

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